Rafi Bukaee’s Avanti Popolo: Telling the war from the traumatized perpetrator’s perspective

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Abstract

Yael Munk analyzes the Israeli anti-war film, Avanti Popolo (1986), and argues that its director, Rafi Bukaee, focuses on the enemy perspective in order to work through his own perpetrator’s trauma as a reserve soldier. Utilizing both the film and an interview from the director as analytical basis, Munk makes the convincing case that the surrealistic narrative of Avanti Popolo as well as its emphasis on the enemy is proof that Bukaee is processing his own trauma from the war and is commenting on the role of the Israeli military more generally. Using a discrete, more chronologically distanced, and more socially uncontested war in Israel to tackle this issue, Bukaee manages to evoke compassion, humanism, and pity for all those involved in war, including the perpetrator, as Munk displays.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationNew Perspectives on the War Film
Pages59-74
Number of pages16
ISBN (Electronic)9783030230968
DOIs
StatePublished - 1 Jan 2019

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • General Arts and Humanities
  • General Social Sciences

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